Fishing on the Kern – California landscape oil painting – Karen Winters

“Fishing the Upper Kern”
14 x 18 oil on canvas
Not for sale – gift

This painting, a gift for our son, was painted from a photo reference he took last summer on a backpack and fishing trip to the Upper Kern River, near Johnsondale, California.

We have rafted on the Kern many times and might again, some day. I’m not crazy about class 4 and 5 rapids any more, but the little ones are just fine. I understand that this part of the river is in the Golden Trout Wilderness. I don’t know how many golden trout they caught, because the wild ones are pretty wily.


  1. Linda T
    November 29, 2009

    Wow, Karen, this is really beautiful! I like the feeling of light filtering thru the trees.

  2. shelly
    November 30, 2009

    Wow! Stunning!

  3. Marian Fortunati
    November 30, 2009

    Love it, Karen…
    You’ve inspired me… now I’ll have to go up to my son’s cottages to stay a while and paint!!
    See you this weekend!

  4. annie
    November 30, 2009

    How great for your son to have. Like Linda T, I love the light through the trees and on the water. I really miss creeks and rivers out here–we only get water in ours after heavy rains.

  5. Susan
    November 30, 2009

    Karen, your painting opened up on my screen and my breathing sl-o-w-ed right down. Instant calm. Wonderful!

  6. Pamela
    November 30, 2009

    my favorite of all you’ve done recently!!

  7. Ramona Davidson
    December 2, 2009

    Love the composition and the colors. Very calming. Good work.

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